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New England Literacy Resource Center

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Like many other adults, adult learners are trying to figure out how to make good choices when buying a computer. A group of educators from Boston area decided to address this need by developing a web-based virtual visit to a computer store that can be used for self-study or as part of a class with adult learners. Their web site “How to buy a computer” is one of several web-based projects completed by adult educators who participated in professional development on using the Web to augment instruction and supporting learners who might benefit from self-study. Practitioners from Massachusetts and Rhode Island focused on developing and supporting online learning options while Connecticut and Vermont practitioners learned how to build Web sites with students as a project-based activity.


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Brazil Gives Out Books That Double as Subway Tickets, Promoting Literacy & Mass Transit at Once | Open Culture

Brazil Gives Out Books That Double as Subway Tickets, Promoting Literacy & Mass Transit at Once | Open Culture | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

One of the things I miss about living in a city with a subway system is the myriad thoughtful design elements that go into managing a perpetual flow of tourists and commuters. New York’s subway map presents us with an iconic tangle of interlocking tributaries resembling diagrams of a circulatory system. The NYC system’s ingeniously simple graphic presentation of lettered and numbered trains, encircled in their corresponding colors, can be read by most anyone with a rudimentary grasp on the English alphabet—from a new language learner to a small child. The Washington, DC subway system, though a much more prosaic affair overall, whisks riders through impressively cavernous, catacomb-like stations, with brutalist tile and concrete honeycombs that seem to go on forever. The squiggly lines of its color-coded map likewise promise ease of use and legibility.

 

And then there are the hours of reading time granted by a subway commute, a leisure I’ve relinquished now that I rely on car and bike. So you can imagine my envious delight in learning about Brazil’s Ticket Books, which are exactly what they sound like—books that work as subway tickets, designed with the minimalist care that major transit systems do so well. And what’s more, they’re free: “To celebrate World Book Day last April 23rd,” writes “future-forward online resource” PSFK, “[Brazillian publisher] L&PM gave away 10,000 books for free at subway stations across São Paulo. Each book came with ten free trips.” Riders could then recharge them and use the books again or pass them on to others to encourage more reading, an important public service given that Brazilians only read two books per year on average.

 

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Sara Rosett's curator insight, February 5, 9:49 AM

Sara's thoughts: Love this idea! #Multi-tasking. It's a book and a ticket! 

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365 Creative Writing Prompts - ThinkWritten

365 Creative Writing Prompts - ThinkWritten | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Here are 365 Creative Writing Prompts to help inspire you to write every single day! Use them for journaling, story starters, poetry, and more!


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Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators - The Atlantic

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators - The Atlantic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

The psychological origins of waiting (... and waiting, and waiting) to work.


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Chris Simon's curator insight, February 4, 4:01 AM

Non, vous n'êtes pas le seul à procrastiner ! ;-)

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Sara's thoughts:  really interesting article on mindset and how it impacts work.

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"Forced into a challenge we're not prepared for, we often engage 'self-handicapping': deliberately doing things that set us up for failure." By

Megan McArdle

 

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Classroom Blog on Weebly for Education :: Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Classroom Blog on Weebly for Education :: Richard Byrne | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Weebly for Education offers a good platform for creating a classroom blog. One of the perks of Weebly for Education is that you can create and manage your students' accounts from one central dashboard. Weebly for Education also offers all of the great templates and content management tools that has made Weebly one of the most popular tools on the web for creating blogs and websites.

In the video embedded below I provide a demonstration of how to create student accounts in Weebly for Education and how to create a blog in your Weebly for Education account.
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9 Online Gold Mines for Finding Paid Freelance Writing Jobs

9 Online Gold Mines for Finding Paid Freelance Writing Jobs | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
If you’re a freelance writer, the task of finding quality, well-paying gigs can be a daunting one. Where do you even start? How you can guarantee the jobs you’re looking at are legit instead of scams?

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: the Internet is chock full of people who are willing to pay pennies on the dollar for hours of your highly skilled time. (Keep reading for some words of warning about these people.)

The good news is that we’re here to help you weed out the dreck and find the sites that are actually worth your time and effort. (Click to tweet this list.) Whether you’re a copywriter, editor, creative writer or anything in between, these sites offer the well-paying, reputable freelance writing jobs you really want.

Better yet? While some sites charge a monthly fee to access their job listings, all of the resources below are free.
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Tell Better Stories In 2014: Storytelling Insight From Margaret Atwood, Ricky Gervais, And Eight More :: Fast Company

Tell Better Stories In 2014: Storytelling Insight From Margaret Atwood, Ricky Gervais, And Eight More :: Fast Company | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Take a look back at the stories about stories published on Co.Create in 2013, including pearls of wisdom from Ricky Gervais, Margaret Atwood, a former Pixar artist, and" 7 more.


Jim Lerman's insight: A very good collection of thoughts and advice from 10 successful writers.

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How Images Can Fire Up Your Writing Brain

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"Stimulation prepping via images lights up the specific neuronal network focused on your particular writing project and fuels imagination and creativity."


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Free Technology for Teachers: Quill - Packs of Interactive Writing Lessons :: Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Quill - Packs of Interactive Writing Lessons :: Richard Byrne | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Quill is a free service that puts a new spin on the old writing worksheets that most of us used in middle school. The service offers more than just the writing practice activities, but that is its core feature. There are three activity categories within Quill. Those activities are Quill Proofreader, Quill Grammar, and Quill Writer.
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Imagination Prompt Generator: Random Writing Blog Prompts

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Random writing and journaling prompts, inspiration, and story starters for writers, bloggers, and visual artists.

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Write About - Digital Writing for Classrooms

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Description by Jennifer Gonzalez


"One key to improving student writing is to have students write more often. But paperwork is hard to manage, you are limited in how much feedback you can provide, and students often have trouble thinking of ideas. Write About solves these problems, providing students with an online space to write on high-interest topics and get feedback from their peers.

  • Students browse through a growing collection of writing ideas, each one paired with a visually compelling image, and write about them (or use the built-in voice recorder) on the site itself.
  • Finished posts can then be shared with just one class or made publicly viewable (see examples). Students can comment on each others’ posts.
  • Teachers can leave private feedback for students as voice recordings, written comments, or annotations tied to specific sections of the text.
  • database of lesson plans, genre-specific writing ideas, and other teaching resources is available for teachers to browse."
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30 Ideas for Teaching Writing - National Writing Project - Linkis.com

30 Ideas for Teaching Writing - National Writing Project - Linkis.com | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"The National Writing Project's 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing offers successful strategies contributed by experienced Writing Project teachers. Since NWP does not promote a single approach to teaching writing, readers will benefit from a variety of eclectic, classroom-tested techniques.


"These ideas originated as full-length articles in NWP publications (a link to the full article accompanies each idea below)."


Jim Lerman's insight: This is a fantastic free resource!.It's basically a complete how-to guide to organize a year-long course in writing, which leaves a great deal up to the individual creativity of the instructor. Wonderful tool.


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Building the Ideal Skill Set for 21st Century Employment :: Justin Marquis

Building the Ideal Skill Set for 21st Century Employment :: Justin Marquis | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

The Need for 21st Century Skills
"The world has changed dramatically, decisively, and permanently and the things that employers are looking for in their ideal employees have changed with it. These changes are necessitated by fundamental societal shifts in the way the world works in the Information Age. The University of Melbourne proposes the following breakdown for considering what the essential competencies are for a student in the Information Age:

  • Ways of thinking. Creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and learning
  • Ways of working. Communication and collaboration
  • Tools for working. Information and communications technology (ICT) and information literacy
  • Skills for living in the world. Citizenship, life and career, and personal and social responsibility"


Jim Lerman's insight: An interesting take on 21st Century Skills from Australia. Similarities to and differences from the U.S. version are interesting.

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15 Great Writing Apps :: Wendy Kelly

15 Great Writing Apps :: Wendy Kelly | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"...you don't need any of the following apps and tools. But if you're a busy writer, or one who would like to become busy and efficient, many of these will, in fact, become indispensable. Especially if you enjoy things like eating and electricity and you are not supported by a trust fund."

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9 Steps to Making Your Writing Extra Engaging (A Guide for Bloggers)

9 Steps to Making Your Writing Extra Engaging (A Guide for Bloggers) | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
You know how sometimes you start reading an article, but you quickly find yourself skimming the rest? Or you start reading and stop at the second sentence? Or you read the whole thing and end up feeling empty and betrayed, like something was missing?

Today we'll learn how to avoid doing that to our readers by becoming more ENGAGING writers (and bloggers). It's not enough to just write something and share it like mad. You need to make it intrinsically engaging, so your readers won't just skim and walk away, but get hooked and read more and more of your writing. I've been getting some great feedback on my own writing, so I've decided it's time for a crash course.

Ready? Let's engage them out of their pants, rebels! 
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Scrivener Writing Software

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Scrivener for Mac OS X and Windows is an Award-winning writing software for novelists, scriptwriters, academics or anyone working on long texts requiring research and structure, or taming the chaotic process of writing. If you are looking for the best Book Writing Software, take us for a free 30 day trial period. Finish your ebooks, short stories, novels and other writing projects today quickly with Scrivener.

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Check out Scrivener! 

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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Videos on Making Flipped Video Lessons :: Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Videos on Making Flipped Video Lessons :: Richard Byrne | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Creating flipped video lessons is one of the topics that I frequently receive questions about in my email inbox. I've started putting together some videos about how to use various tools for creating and sharing flipped video lessons. In the videos embedded below I demonstrate how use EduCanon, VideoNotes, EDpuzzle, Versal, and Otus to create and distribute flipped video lessons.
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10 online tools for better student research :: Antonio Tooley

10 online tools for better student research :: Antonio Tooley | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

The biggest responsibility of any teacher is to equip students with the tools that they can use in everyday life.

The content is of course important, but with information so easily accessible, it is more helpful to them in the end if they have critical thinking, analytic ability, and research skills. You can best serve your students by engaging them in active debate, fun and absorbing problem-solving activities, and relevant research assignments. As philosopher Maimonides pointed out, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

High-school students are among the hardest to engage, so you have to approach them in a way they understand. Traditional is out, online is in. Giving them the opportunity to use the tools they are most comfortable with can help them in ways that no amount of lecturing can accomplish.

You can make your students better researchers, and thinkers, with these 10 online tools.


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The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016

The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"No matter what you want to accomplish in 2016, we’re sure you’ll find quality inspiration and resources.


"We’ve broken this year’s list into seven categories: Blogging, entrepreneurship, creativity and craft, freelancing, marketing, publishing, and writing communities. All sites are listed in alphabetical order within their categories, and the numbers are for easy tracking (not ranking)."


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A. G. Moye's curator insight, January 26, 3:06 PM

Anything to help get your career rolling in writing. 

Penelope's curator insight, January 27, 1:56 PM

 

Great resource for writers--beginners and pros alike!

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://thewritelife.com/100-best-websites-writers-2016/

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The Science Of Storytelling: How Narrative Cuts Through Distraction Like Nothing Else

The Science Of Storytelling: How Narrative Cuts Through Distraction Like Nothing Else | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"In the first of a three-part series, author Jonathan Gottschall discusses the science of storytelling—not just escapism, stories have real power to hold human attention and shape our thinking."


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Coke gets it! They are master storytellers as well as syrupy drink makers. Take a peek at a Coke commercial and ask yourself, "What makes this work so well?" Then take the lessons and transfer them to your own stories.

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.fastcocreate.com/3020044/the-science-of-storytelling-how-narrative-cuts-through-distraction

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The Psychology of What Makes a Great Story

The Psychology of What Makes a Great Story | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"The great writer's gift to a reader is to make him a better writer."

 

“Stories,” Neil Gaiman asserted in his wonderful lecture on what makes stories last, “are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance.” But what is the natural selection of these organisms — what makes the ones that endure fit for survival? What, in other words, makes a great story?


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Mike Donahue's curator insight, January 24, 11:21 AM

This contains some great insights from Bruner and others that can help anyone approach their storytelling challenges in more effective ways.

Chris Carter's curator insight, January 25, 7:51 PM

The monomyth lives!

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#Storytelling

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Amara - Caption, translate, subtitle and transcribe video.

Amara - Caption, translate, subtitle and transcribe video. | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Amara is home to an award winning subtitle editor that makes it easy to caption and translate video. Amara also hosts volunteer localization & accessibility communities, and offers professional tools and services for subtitles.
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Visual Writing Prompts

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(by John T. Spencer)

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 10, 2013 3:11 PM

Prompts are handy tools.  Students should learn how to write from prompts. However,  never slam the door shut on a student generated topic. Instead encourage students to generate their own prompts whenever they can. 

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Using computers widens the achievement gap in writing, a federal study finds - The Hechinger Report :: Jill Barshay

Using computers widens the achievement gap in writing, a federal study finds - The Hechinger Report  :: Jill Barshay | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Can elementary-school children show off their best writing on a computer? The research arm of the U.S. Department of Education was curious to learn just that. In 2012 it handed out laptop computers to more than 10,000 fourth-graders and asked them to complete two 30-minute writing assignments.


"Initial results from the study were positive: most of the young students were able complete the writing assignments and use the editing tools. Soon after, states began rolling out new Common Core-aligned tests that included online writing components. Last year, more than half of U.S. states gave computer-based writing tests to children as young as third-graders. Some wrote their paragraphs with a pencil and paper; the majority used a computer.


"But a new, deeper analysis of the 2012 writing pilot, released to the public in December 2015, found more complicated results. It compared the computer-written essays with a pencil-and-paper test given to fourth graders two years earlier, in 2010.  High-performing students did substantially better on the computer than with pencil and paper. But the opposite was true for average and low-performing students. They crafted better sentences using pencil and paper than they did using the computer. Low-income and black and Hispanic students tended to be in this latter category."

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44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work :: TeachThought

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44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work 
by TeachThought Staff
Educators are often admonished to design work that “leaves the classroom.”
This is partly a push for authenticity.

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Teaching with This American Life :: Dana Huff

Teaching with This American Life :: Dana Huff | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"For the past two years that I have been teaching American Literature, I have integrated This American Life into my students’ learning. I have previously used episodes, particularly “Act V,” which tells the story of Prison Performing Arts and Shakespeare in prison. It remains my favorite episode of This American Life to this day.

"The essential questions I use in this course are as follows:

What is an American?
What is the American dream and how has it influenced America?
How does American literature reflect America and Americans? What makes it uniquely “American”?
What makes an effective writer?...

"I think my students derive many benefits from listening to the stories. On one level, they get a feel for pacing of stories and how ordinary stories can grab us (as well as a sense that all of us have stories). On another level, I think they make many connections and enhance their understanding of America and America’s stories in a way that would be hard to do otherwise. It’s also another mode of reading, and listening is a valuable skill for students to practice."

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